Wizard home requires a new owner’s magic touch

SHARING its name with a romantic historical novel, and with a Celtic rock band from Grimsby in Britain, is Merlin’s Keep — a prime Kinsale property in need of a wizard’s wand — or a sweeping brush and a rake.

The period-style house, right on the bustling tourist town’s Pier Road, promises more than a bed of roses — it has overgrown beds of roses, and other shrubs and trees, planted over decades in its lush front lawns.

There’s so much garden in front of the house, you’d be tempted to say Merlin’s Keep is more garden than house, but then that belies the fact that the building, now part house and six adjoining self-contained apartments, has no fewer than 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms... all in need of upgrading.

Selling agent is Eamonn O’Neill, who will be wielding a sales gavel instead of a wand, and he says its in a prime setting, right on the Pier Road (hence the price guide €3.5 million).

Mr O’Neill says the original name was Myrtle Lodge and the house dates from the early 1800s.

In 1990 the property was bought by Scotsman Guy Marshall when he sold up his thriving Pier Road take-away business, the Angus Grill.

A few other similarly choicely-positioned houses have upgraded and put in balconies to maximise the views. What Merlin’s Keep loses, in being so far set back from the water’s edge, is made up for by virtue of extra privacy and screening.

The vendor had run the grill since the 1960s and when he cashed in his chips he had a replacement income from Merlin’s six two-bed apartments.

For sale once more, it may appeal to a different type of wealthy buyer, either investor or private, who can lavish further sums on it, while it may also (subject to strict planning guidelines) have other development potential.


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